Lamar Jackson ruled out for wild-card game vs. Bengals, says knee remains unstable

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson still has inflammation surrounding his knee and his knee remains unstable, he wrote on Twitter on Thursday. He was officially ruled out of Sunday’s wild-card game against the Bengals on Friday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • In the first quarter of a Dec. 4 game against the Denver Broncos, Jackson sprained the PCL in his left knee.
  • He wrote on Twitter that he “suffered a PCL grade 2 sprain on the borderline of a strain 3” and that he is “still in good spirits, as I continue with treatments on the road to recovery.”
  • Jackson, who has missed the Ravens’ past five games, wrote: “I wish I could be out there with my guys more than anything but I can’t give a 100% of myself to my guys and fans.”
  • The Ravens (10-7) face the Bengals (12-4) on Sunday.

remains unstable. I’m still in good spirits, as I continue with treatments on the road to recovery. I wish I could be out there with my guys more than anything but I can’t give a 100% of myself to my guys and fans I’m still hopeful we still have a chance. 💜💜

— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) January 12, 2023

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

Backstory

Unfortunately for the Ravens, they are getting quite used to being without Jackson in key games. Sunday will mark the 10th consecutive December/January game he’ll miss over the past two seasons. Complicating their current situation is backup Tyler Huntley is dealing with a shoulder injury that has impacted his effectiveness. Huntley resumed throwing in today’s practice and the Ravens remain hopeful that he’ll be ready to go Sunday. But obviously the offense has struggled whether it’s Huntley or Anthony Brown under center. — Zrebiec

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What losing Jackson means for the Ravens

Jackson hasn’t been on the football field for 39 consecutive days and he’s missed 17 straight practices, so the Ravens have to come to grips with the fact that they won’t have him available in Cincinnati on Sunday and perhaps going forward if the team is able to upset the Bengals. But Jackson not being out there is obviously a major blow to the team’s ability to do anything in the playoffs.

In 11 games that Jackson has started and finished, the Ravens are averaging 25 points per game. In five games that he hasn’t played and the one where he left at the end of the first quarter after injuring his knee, the Ravens are averaging just 12.5 points per game. It makes for a significant hill to climb, particularly against a team as good as the Bengals. — Zrebiec

Required reading

  • Lamar Jackson’s expected absence leaves Ravens in tough spot heading into playoffs
  • NFL playoffs: Key matchups to watch in every AFC wild-card game

(Photo: Rob Carr / Getty)

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